Monday, January 09, 2012

Romney: "I don't know whether a state has a right to ban contrapception."

This is a pretty amazing exchange that I don't think has been really covered in the news.  Is it possible that Mitt Romney doesn't know Griswold v. Connecticut?  Yikes.  (And why were there debates on Saturday night and then 10 hours later on Sunday morning?) 

In news closer to home, the Rothstein mess won't go away.  Jay Weaver writes an in-depth piece about the case here.  From the conclusion to the story:

One major mystery still hangs over the Rothstein case: During the deposition he was confronted by attorney Mary Barzee-Flores about whether he had “conned” and “fooled” a bunch of national politicians during the course of his Ponzi scheme.
Barzee-Flores, who is representing Gibraltar Bank, where Rothstein had also kept his firm’s trust accounts, rattled off a series of big names: former President George W. Bush; GOP presidential candidate John McCain; his running mate, Sarah Palin; U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman from Connecticut; and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Rothstein, who served as a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention and also served on a Florida commission that recommends judges to the governor for appointment, admitted he “fooled” them all.
Rothstein was also asked whether he “fooled” Crist, who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010, or Martinez, the former U.S. senator from Orlando who resigned his seat before finishing his term, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
But Rothstein was not allowed to answer the questions about the two Florida politicians because of objections raised by the lead federal prosecutor in the criminal case, Lawrence LaVecchio, who cited “investigatory privilege.” Legal experts said LaVecchio objected because his team is still investigating political donations that Rothstein and other members of his firm made to their campaigns.
Neither Crist nor Martinez returned phone messages seeking comment.

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Anonymous said...

So much for Romney's Harvard Law education. Maybe they don't cover the basics.

Anonymous said...

I guarantee you that Pres. Obama, law professor and all, wouldn't be able to cite that decision of the top of his head.

And the last thing that Romney is going to do in a Republican primary debate is say anything that would uphold the "penumbra" theory of privacy rights, which even liberal legal commentators have found to be absurd. The result is just, but the reasoning used to reach it is actually one of the very notable examples of clear judicial overreaching.

Not surprisingly, Romney didn't jump at the chance to provide a synopsis of that case.

Anonymous said...

I like "contrapception."

Anonymous said...

I assume that the word "contrapception" in the title of your post means a contraption for more effective contraception.

Anonymous said...

Republicans tend to be anti-intellectual, so not being too smart will get him even closer to losing to Obama.

Anonymous said...

Every liberal knows Griswold like every conservative knows Lochner.

Rumpole said...

Griswold is a horrible decision. And I'm not talking about the right privacy and whether you agree with contraception or not. I'm talking about the constitutional underpinnings of Justice Douglas who wants to support his personal beliefs and "finds" a right to privacy in the "penumbra" of the bill of rights. For those of you simpletons who can't see the forrest through the trees and think Griswold is great because you agree with the result, wait until the current or future court finds something like a constitutional ban on abortions in the same penumbra eminating from the bill or rights. Then tell me how much you love Griswold.

Anonymous said...

You should stick to DUIs Rumphole

Anonymous said...

Maybe he should, but he's correct. There are books, written by some liberal legal commentators, noting that the foundation for abortion and broader privacy rights is weak as a result of the "penumbra" reasoning.

Tip Line said...

DEA helped Colombian drug trafficker launder cash, new report reveals

--I wonder if this is someone they could apply the enemy expatriation act to? Assisting in the demoralization of a nation. Send him to live in a Colombian prison. Don't think so. Bush is right now patting him on the back.